Articles tagged Johnny Beauchamp

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The Ghosts of NASCAR: The Harlan boys and the first Daytona 500

John Havick Folk are swift to complain when post-race protests lace a Grand Prix paddock with doubt and delay confirmation of the result until long after the last spectators have left. Spare a thought, then, for those who witnessed a thrilling photo finish to the inaugural Daytona 500, in 1959, and left thinking Johnny Beauchamp had just pipped Lee Petty. It took NASCAR patriarch Bill France...

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An American banking dynasty

This year will mark the 50th running of the Daytona 500, a race that has grown beyond even the ambitions of its founder and promoter ‘Big Bill’ France. By Gordon Kirby Through most of 1958, ‘Big Bill’ France worked flat-out to build his long-planned dream of a race track called the Daytona International Speedway. France spent more than five years trying to pull together the support and finance to...

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